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Facts on Raising the Minimum Wage The $5.15/hour minimum wage has not been raised since 1997. 17 states, including New Jersey, Delaware and New York, have raised their minimum wages due to inaction by the US Congress. 45% of the US population lives in those states. The purchasing power of the minimum wage has declined by 17% since 1997. Around 850,000 PA workers (17% of the workforce) would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $7.15 per hour. 510,000 would benefit directly and another 350,000 who make under $8.15 per hour should see their wages raised due to the minimum wage increase. Women make up 61% of workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase. 72% of workers who would benefit by an increase to $7.15 are over age 20. 20% of Pennsylvania senior citizens, working to supplement their retirement income, would directly benefit from an increase to $7.15 per hour. This is in comparison to 10% of all PA workers who would benefit. Black and Latino workers are more likely to be working at low wages and will benefit more from an increase than non-minority workers. Single mothers will also benefit more from an increased minimum wage than other workers. They make up 5% of the workforce, but will be 10% of the workers to benefit from a minimum wage increase. Raising the minimum wage does not cost jobs. Teen unemployment grew more between 2000-2004 in states that have not raised their minimum wage (4.2%)than in states who have raised their state minimum wage (3.4%). A detailed study of New Jersey after their minimum wage increase in the early 1990s showed the increase had no effect on total employment in the state. A full time minimum wage worker would earn over $4,000 more per year as a result of an increase of the minimum wage to $7.15/hour. SB 926 and HB 2021 would raise the minimum wage to $6.15 by January 2006 and $7.15 by January 2007 and give a cost of living escalator starting in January 2008. Pennsylvania workers need an increased minimum wage NOW! Sources: Economic Policy Institute, Keystone Research Center, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities For more information contact the Coalition to Raise the Minimum Wage at 215-557-0822. www.Philaup.org We need a Vote on Raising the Minimum Wage The minimum wage has not been raised since 1997. The House has twice voted to raise the minimum wage by $1.00 per hour in 2000 and 2002. The Senate has never allowed a vote on an increase. The House has not voted on this issue since 2002 either. 84% of Pennsylvanians polled this year said that they support an increase in the state minimum wage. Why does a bill not pass then? Because the State Senate leadership will not allow a bill to come to the floor for a vote. They are hiding from the will of the people and keeping wages low for the working poor of our state. We need a vote this fall on raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $7.15 per hour. Our message to the Legislature… Let Democracy work… Schedule a vote on the minimum wage! Prepared by Raise the Minimum Wage Coalition 1201 Chestnut St. Room 702, Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-557-0822 Other states and the minimum wage 17 states and the District of Columbia-covering 45% of the U.S. population-have set minimum wage rates above the federal rate of $5.15 per hour. State Current Rate Future Increases Alaska $7.15 California $6.75 Connecticut $7.10 $7.40 beginning Jan.1; $7.65 on Jan. 2007 Washington, DC $6.60 $7.00 on Jan. 1 Delaware $6.15 Florida $6.15 Increase yearly with inflation Hawaii $6.25 $6.75on Jan.1 and $7.25 on Jan.1, 2007 unless governor vetoes Illinois $6.50 Maine $6.35 $6.50 on Oct. 1 Massachusetts $6.75 Minnesota $5.15 $6.15 on Aug. 1 New Jersey $5.15 $6.15 on Oct. 1; $7.15 on Oct. 1, 2006 New York $6.00 $6.75 on Jan. 1; $7.15 on Jan. 1, 2007 Oregon $7.25 Increases yearly with inflation Road Island $6.25 Vermont $7.00 Considering $7.25 Washington $7.35 Increases yearly with inflation Wisconsin $5.15 $5.70 beginning Wednesday; $6.50 on June 1, 2006 Sources: Center for Policy Alternative; USA TODAY research. 84% of Pennsylvanians support a $6.15/hour minimum wage and 60% support $7.15 according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. Prepared by Coalition to Raise the Minimum Wage c/o Philadelphia Unemployment Project, 1201 Chestnut St. Room 702, Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-557-0822 Raise the Minimum Wage Coalition Participating Organizations PA Council of Churches PA AFL-CIO Lutheran Advocacy Ministry United Food and Commercial Workers Philadelphia Unemployment Project ACORN Presbytery of Philadelphia AFSCME Philadelphia AFL-CIO Pathways PA Congreso de los Latinos Unidos AFSCME Mon Valley Unemployed Committee CATA Service Employees Int’l Union Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Jewish Employment and Vocational Services PA State Education Association Community Action Council of Lehigh Valley Women’s Law Project Second Harvest Jobs with Justice Student Union Neighborhood Networks Democracy for America National Student Partnership Action Alliance of Senior Citizens Young Workers Coalition of Berks Co. PFT Retirees Coalition of Labor Union Women Summary of Minimum Wage bills Introduced into the State Legislature HB 216 Rep. John Taylor-R, Prime Sponsor Raise minimum wage to: $5.65 before 9-1-05 $6.15 before 9-1-06 HB 2021 Rep. Mark Cohen-D, Prime Sponsor Raise minimum wage to $6.25 1-1-06 $7.15 1-1-07 COLA kicks in 1-1-08 SB 926 Senator Tina Tartaglione-D, Prime Sponsor Raise minimum wage to $6.25 1-1-06 $7.15 1-1-07 COLA kicks in 1-1-08 Prepared by Raise the Minimum Wage Coalition
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